Brief Cognitive Therapy for Adolescent Panic Disorder

Presented by Dr Polly Waite

About the event

This Masterclass webinar will be hosted on Zoom. The webinar will be recorded and will be made available for 30 days after the event to delegates who have registered. You can choose to attend on the day, watch later on or both. 

A certificate of attendance will be issued for 1.5 hours CPD (live attendance only). 

Registration closes - Midday Thursday 22 September. Places are limited though so book early to avoid disappointment.


Panic disorder occurs in 1-3% of UK adolescents, has high rates of comorbidity, and a negative impact on functioning at school and with friends. Currently the most common psychological treatment approach for adolescents with panic disorder is a generic form of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), developed for a range of anxiety disorders. However, many treatment trials of this general approach have excluded young people with panic disorder, and existing treatments specifically for adolescents with panic disorder require a considerable amount of therapist time (between 11 and 22 hours of therapy).

This webinar offers an introduction to brief cognitive therapy for adolescent panic disorder. This treatment has been adapted from brief cognitive therapy for adults, based Clark’s (1986) cognitive model for panic disorder and has recently been evaluated in adolescents within a feasibility randomised controlled trial ( The webinar is aimed at clinicians with prior experience of using CBT for the treatment of anxiety disorders (in young people or adults).

Key learning objectives

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Assess panic disorder in adolescents and use sessional measures to guide treatment
  • Understand the key elements of cognitive therapy for panic disorder
  • Put together an individualised model of panic disorder for a young person
  • Understand the role of education about the nature of anxiety and the meaning of different body sensations
  • Undertake behavioural experiments to test out young peoples’ beliefs in action
  • Consider how to involve family members and school staff in treatment

About the presenter(s)

Dr Polly Waite is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and is based at the Universities of Reading and Oxford. She is also a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. Her primary clinical and research interests are anxiety disorders in adolescents, particularly around the development of psychological treatments. Dr Waite currently holds a NIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship to conduct a feasibility trial of cognitive therapy for the treatment of panic disorder in adolescents. She has edited and authored papers and books on anxiety for professionals, young people and their families.


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26 Sep 2022
20.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - BABCP Member
30.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - Non-Member
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